12| Tough Days

Do you all have those days where just nothing seems to go right? I genuinely feel amused at how this happens. Like, how can one thing go wrong in a day and then every thing seems to be going wrong? Anyone got some explanation for this? Like, I would really like to know if this is some sort of regular phenomenon.

Yesterday, I had one of those days. My day started with getting late for work and it was kind of crucial to reach timely. Then, something I was expecting didn’t happen. Then, I had to go pick up some stuff from a tailor and turned out it wasn’t completed (even though he said it very confidently that I can pick it on Friday :|). Then, I had a really big fight with someone. So, yeah, honestly, I am still recovering from the blows of yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Any soothing words will be helpful.

3 | How Kindle changed my life & the BS that surrounds it.

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I sat smugly in the “e-readers must suck” gang till the beginning of 2018. If you are thinking of closing this tab because you too sit comfortably in that same group, I request you, please spare few minutes to read this till the end. Not any special reason, I haven’t mentioned anything out of the world here, but I do want to tell my experience with Kindle and I don’t want book lovers to discard this without even consideration.

e-readers can never replace physical books – Of course! And they shouldn’t either. Who wants someone or something else to occupy the space of books in their life, anyway? The smell of books, the touch, flipping the pages, the pretty book covers, even prettier bookmarks – aaah! who really wants to substitute this bliss for anything else, leave alone an electronic gadget?

But, but. Have you ever used that electronic gadget? Let’s just say, it does have a feel of its own because its your personal area where you store your favorite books. Basically, your personal library. Don’t you think you will immediately connect with something like that? At least, I feel genuinely attached to my Kindle!ย  The point is you have to stop treating it as a substitute for physical books. Because, its not. Its another way of doing your favorite activity. Is it better than the previous way? Well, you really don’t need that comparison as long as someone is not pointing a gun at you to only choose one.

All my physical copies are still with me and I love and cherish them even more now. Just like I love strolling around bookstores. Kindle or any e-reader is not a replacement to your existing love for books, don’t treat it as a betrayal, please. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s why:

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How Kindle changed my life?

As I mentioned above, I was always clear that I do not want to give e-readers any chance as it is never going to be the same experience as a physical copy. Not even when I moved to Bangalore from Delhi in 2017, even when it felt perfectly logical to not pile up here because God knows for how long I was going to be here. Anyhow, I still stuck to physical books. Then, I moved to Dubai for a supposedly 2 months assignment in Jan 2018. I carried one of the books I was reading with me. The idea was to buy more in Dubai when I finish this current one. Simply because I like buying books, stationery and cosmetics in new places that I visit. But what do I find in Dubai!!! The same copies that we get in India priced almost 4 times higher! The assignment got extended but I was supposed to travel to India after the first 3 months and be back in Dubai for another 3 months. By the end of initial 3 months, I had made up my mind that a Kindle is the perfect thing for someone who may have to travel often. So much so that I decided to buy one in Dubai, but I found out that it’s cheaper in India and my India trip was approaching anyway. So, I bought the Kindle in India and came back to Dubai for 3 months again.

I cannnot stress enough how much my life has changed. It is always with me, ALWAYS. I can read in any queue, can settle in any pretty looking cafe with a coffee to go along or I can just read on my way to work like I do/used to with physical copies. Of course, its not the same feeling as a physical book but let me tell you something even more important. The satisfaction of reading is the same.ย It’s a very, very satisfying feeling but just the touch and feel of the reading device is different. I love my Kindle way, way too much and I love reading on it as an experience. What I mean is holding it in my hands, flipping the pages, bookmarking stuff, deciding on a Kindle cover, adding stuff to my Kindle library is just as much fun, only in a different way.

In the end, just one thing – do give Kindle a chance before you say ‘e-readers are so not for me!’.

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Want your thoughts!

You are too volatile. You are such an over thinker. You are unstable. You get angry so quickly.

Well, absolutely not saying that being any of that is any good. However, if you are so calm, stable, always balanced, super rational, then does that make you less passionate compared to the likes of me?

True, you will not hate unabashedly, you will not unleash anger all ofย  a sudden (and beyond repair, of course!), but would you love as fiercely as the likes of me either?

Would appreciate your thoughts on this, all of you reading it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Letter to my Scared Soul

When I first got to know what periods are, I didn’t understand why I am being told to be secretive about it. I let it pass thinking that this is my first time, maybe as I get more familiar with this ‘thing’, I’ll know why people talk in hush-hush tones about periods. Almost 15 years later, I still do not know why. But, more importantly, it does not bother me that I am different from people around me regarding this ‘thing’. There are many things like this about which I am certain that my thinking is very different from people I grew up with despite having the similar kind of environment, but it doesn’t bother me that how come my thinking turned out to be different than them.

Then, why it bothers me when my feelings to certain scenarios are not the same as the general opinion? Let me explain what I mean with an example. I despise fake talk. And I despise those people even more who continuously get into the loop of being extra sweet to you when they genuinely do not possess that much sweetness towards you. Now, what a ‘normal’ person would do if they meet such people – acknowledge the aforementioned extra sweet person’s extra sweetness in their own head but do not show any signs of being affected. Be totally neutral. I, on the other hand, get very, very repelled by such behavior and it totally shows in my own behaviour/body language/facial distortions etc. Okay, this is a problem but still the only thing I should do to improve myself is become more calm & more accepting towards others. It shouldn’t make me question if there’s anything wrong with me. Then, why I question myself?

That is because when someone important to you feels something’s wrong about you, you start self-doubting too. I need to remind myself – its completely okay to not feel the same way as others do. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you. Someone’s idea of ‘correct thing’ doesn’t have to be your idea. The one who cares for you is worried for you, that’s why they are trying to figure why you are not like them. Its okay if they question you, because they are also growing just like you in their journey. They may have some perspectives similar to the ones you don’t relate to, but do not force yourself to feel as per those perspectives too. You don’t do that unless your heart says so. Listen to your heart & do not get scared if the voice is different from the norm. More importantly, do not get scared if the voice is different from that person’s whom you love. Just like you never got scared when you couldn’t understand the deal with people & periods.

Scared soul, chill & peace out. Love is not supposed to make you have the exact same feelings about everything as your loved one’s. Truly, it hurts a lot when your loved one thinks that you are not being ‘normal’. But that’s okay. Be proud of your uniqueness, of being the joker in the pack, of being the one who stood out. Nothing to worry, its okay to feel differently as long as you know you are being true to yourself. Just calm down & try being a better version of you (& only you).

New Phase| Monday Mumbles 19

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Hello There!

Are you still reading my posts somehow? As it goes, I have become extremely lazy about posting. I cannot say that I don’t get enough time because I really do believe that it is all about making time & putting effort into things you want to do. So, no lies there.

I have a lot of things (especially trips) that I wanted to share here in this space & now it feels like it was ages ago that I visited those places.

I formally wanted to write a Monday Mumbles post to introduce how the new phase of my life is going. Some of you who check my Instagramย know that I moved to Bangalore for my job after my post grad. A little background here – I was working for 2 years before I did my post grad, so this isn’t my first job but at that time I was working in NCR only where my parents live so it didn’t feel so much like a change in life other than, of course, the professional part of it. After all, it was my first job!

Now, however, moving to a new city and doing everything on your own is just what I always wanted. I am loving being in a new city and, as many would agree, it only helps that that city is Bangalore. Oh my God! Let’s not even get started on Bangalore, and how lovely a city it is!! Even other than this awesome city, I am loving everything about being completely on your own & the empowerment that comes with it. Even if most of the times, it just means calling the plumber, paying through your nose only to realize that what wasn’t working still isn’t properly fixed. Still, it feels so good, at least for now. Being independent in terms of finding a place for yourself, making it your home on your own is one of the best feelings ever & I am lucky to live it. It has its share of ups & downs, sometimes more downs than ups, but then there are days with many, many ups too. It is really such a good, happy feeling.

Tell me what’s up at your end? I would love to hear what everyone is upto & that will probably push me to write more often too. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

This is not a ‘travel’ blog | Monday Mumbles 18

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Hello,

Lately I have been so uninspired to write here. Maybe that’s why I just feel like scribbling so randomly that you are getting a consecutive Monday Mumbles post. It’s funny because I am the least busy right now in the evenings to write but I just don’t feel like it. Not even a tiny bit. Like, I cannot say that this is just laziness. It is more than that, I just do not want to write, I can sense that. However, earlier when I used to write posts I actually had to take time out for them. Anyway, today I am in a much better mood and unlike my other posts, where I usually share something in a planned way, I just genuinely feel like scribbling away today.

Lately whoever has visited my blog, they have got an impression that I am a ‘travel blogger’ or my main interest is in writing about travel. Well, most of my posts in the recent times have been about places I am travelling to, so its really not their fault thatย they thought so. Since I know neither of these things are true (I being a travel blogger or my main interest area being writing about travel), I thought I’ll clarify:

  • I like to write about things I experience in my day to day life – a book that I read, a restaurant that I visited, a dish that I cooked, a market that I loved or a city that I visited. Since these days travelling is happening a lot, you see more of it on the blog because its recent. That is all. Its definitely not my favourite thing to write about (I actually don’t know what’s my favourite).
  • I am not even an awesome traveller. Oh, I have wanted to write about this thing since so long! You know how people are bitten by ‘wanderlust’ (especially on social media these days ๐Ÿ˜› ) Guess that never happened with me. I like visiting new places, seeing new things, eating at new places and so on, but that’s about it. I have never craved badly to visit any place and I am not someone who would want to always, always travel. You know most people say ‘If I could just quit my job and travel forever’, I would never be that person. Even if I was a billionaire, I cannot love travelling forever. I would rather be at one of my favourite places and take short trips. Or long ones with people I love. So, we are all different. Some of us want to travel really badly, not necessarily by quitting other jobs, but maybe that or maybe getaway as much as possible. For me, travel is one of the activities that I like to do time to time but definitely not one of my favourite things to do. (These days its happening a lot because the opportunity is such, nothing more, its not like I have got some extra love for travel).

My random scribbling is more or less over. If you read till here, thank you so much for putting up with this. โค

(If you wish to share something in the next Monday Mumbles, do write to me at srish.myblog@gmail.com or in the comments section, or even on any social media).